New Chapter: Representations of Artificial Intelligence in Black Mirror

Screen Shot 2019-06-25 at 15.51.57New chapter delivered for a forthcoming book Philosophical Reflections on Black Mirror for Bloomsbury Academic, due for publication in 2020. My work considers how the series presents artificial intelligence as a philosophical discourse within which the implications of the impact of technology on society can be concentrated both in terms of its future and present day applications.

Charlie Brooker’s presentation of the possibility of life after death through artificial intelligence technologies, proposes an immediate philosophical question as well as one that can be projected into the science fiction near future. What is the nature of a human self already disrupted by a second life enabled through the engagement with social media and other online technologies – disconnected from reality, distracted by virtual spaces, and subsequently less aware or responsive of our own, real, surroundings than that of our virtual selves.

About Kingsley Marshall

Dr Kingsley Marshall is a film composer, producer and academic. Head of Film & Television at the CILECT accredited School of Film & Television based within Falmouth University in the UK, the subject area consists of 25 staff working with 500 undergraduates, supplemented by a postgraduate community studying from MA level through to PhD. Kingsley’s research and practice primarily orientates around the use of sound (including music and effects) in cinema and television, and the production of short and micro-budget feature films. He executive produced Wilderness (Director: Justin John Doherty, 2017) which won 13 awards at international film festivals since making its premiere at Cinequest, and Mr Whippy (Director: Rachna Suri, 2019). In 2018 he co-produced with Neil Fox the short literary adaptation Backwoods (Director: Ryan Mackfall, 2019), premiering in Portland, Orgeon and winning the HP Lovecraft award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. More recently, Kingsley recently completed the score as composer on a film project - Hard, Cracked the Wind - with director Mark Jenkin and production company Early Day Films. The film premiered at Encounters Film Festival in September 2019, and has since played festivals across the world including New York Film Festival. For over twenty years he has worked as a journalist, interviewing filmmakers, musicians, and designers for over 30 publications and broadcasters worldwide, written album sleeve notes and biographies for over 100 artists, and contributed to anthologies on hip hop and soul. He can be found on Twitter as @kingsleydc